Fieldwork for the latest Economist/YouGov
vaccine safety perceptions was in the midst of being conducted
when the Centers for Disease Control made the decision to suspend
the use of the Johnson & Johnson
The CDC has recommended a pause on administering doses of the
vaccine while it completes an investigation of the six cases of
blood clots discovered in women who had been vaccinated with it.
Comparing the results from those who took the survey before the
announcement with those who took the survey afterward shows the
huge impact the CDC’s decision has had on the perceived safety of
the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Among those who started the survey before the announcement about
the Johnson & Johnson vaccine pause, about half (52%) considered
the shot “very safe” or “somewhat safe” - twice the number who
believed it “very unsafe” or “somewhat unsafe.” After the
announcement was made, these figures had converged — just 37%
called the vaccine safe, and 39% feeling it unsafe.